St. John’s Holy Well: east Cork [photos]

and we're off...

Down my lane is a Well.  It's an Old Well, long venerated and hallowed; a place of quiet contemplation and healing.  This Well, now dedicated to St. John, is an eye Well; it's known for its eye cures.  The rounds are held in August, they say to commemorate the beheading of St. John, but we know it was a Lughnasadh Well, don't we.  Think about it:Turas (Patron or Rounds) traditionally done at the end of August (remember, that is the date for Old Lughnasadh - before the calendar cha … [Read more...]

Boots Across Ireland: Liosnabroc ringfort {video}

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Liosnabroc (Fort of the Badger - anglicized as Lisnabrock) is a ringfort located in the townland of Templebodan, east Cork.  The ring is found labeled on the 1890 Ordnance Survey map.  Like the majority of ringforts in Ireland, Liosnabroc opens to the NE -- offering a lovely view of the Knockmealdown and Galtee mountain ranges.  I am privileged to live next door to this active and beautiful Lios.Ringforts were constructed mainly from the Iron Age into the early Medieval period (800 BCE  to ~1 … [Read more...]

A Little Meander on Culture: or, what one does when the Wi-Fi dies

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On the About The Authors page of this blog, I mention 'sensuous scholarship' as my approach to academic study.   I like to get my hands dirty and engage my entire body when exploring a topic, hence when I wanted to better understand Irish culture and mythology, I moved to Ireland.  Now that I'm here, I get out and visit the places associated with the festivals and events mentioned in the mythology and folklore.  I speak to Irish people living in those areas, and, more importantly, I take the tim … [Read more...]


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